The Pertinent Wagnerite by Benjamin Morris Steigman

The Pertinent Wagnerite

byBenjamin Morris Steigman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... "NICHT MEHR TRISTAN" IN WHICH ARE SHOWN THE CHARRED REMAINS OF THIRTEEN TRANSLATORS OF "TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, AS WARNING TO FUTURE PERPETRATORS NICHT MEHR TRISTAN" PHONOGRAPHED music is an eminently suitable objective for the smiter of Philistines and the slayer of them with great slaughter. For one thing, its devotees are so many that the warrior has sufficient cause to appeal for Jehovah's thunder against them. Then it proceeds from a mechanical contraption, hateful, accordingly, in the ears of the true believer. More than that, it has become commercialized, with amazing success too. It is therefore unmistakably a contrivance of the Children of Darkness. It is an institution, an automaton, banal, crude, lifeless, soulless! It is or it isn't art. Buzz, buzz.... Its present significance only the deaf could deny. To the speculative historian it will not appear fantastic that it may have far-reaching effects upon future music. The proverbial relation between necessity and invention (including artistic) does not take into account their reciprocal parentage. The urgent demand for phonograph records can hardly fail to affect musical composition. It is not safe these democratic days to deprecate such lowliness as beneath the highest. Perhaps it never was safe. It could hardly have been profitable. The Bard's regard for the groundling was to their mutual advantage. The king looked at the cat in turn, and for all we know may have been impressed. The phonograph record, then, indicates something of the recipro-genetic nature of cause and effect; it is the producer as well as the product of operatic appreciation. Its influence upon the composer may in time be significant. Opera may become less of a social function and more of a musical; and so progress to a further re...

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Title:The Pertinent WagneriteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217364039

ISBN - 13:9780217364034

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